Inwall fireplaces are a traditional touch to many homes and hold a special place in many people’s hearts. There’s nothing like sitting around a warm fireplace on a rainy winter night. Nowdays, there are some excellent options if you are dead set on an inwall fireplace for your home.
Things you need to consider when going for an inwall fireplace:
- Are you going to cut into the wall? If so, how much depth will you have for the fireplace?
- Do you want to build the wall out to accommodate the fireplace instead? If so, how much space into the room do you want to build?
- Do you want to mount the fireplace on the surface of the wall?
- Do you want to have a TV above the fireplace?
- Do you need or want heat from the fireplace?
The last question may sound like a silly one, but some people just want a fireplace for the decoration and atmosphere it creates, rather than it’s practical use.
With the flip of the switch, you can have fire. That is the benefit of the gas fire place. Unlike an electric fire place, you can enjoy real flames but without the hassles of solid fuels such as wood or coal. No need for stacks for firewood, bags of pallets, or ashes to clean out. And the air in and around your house stays clean too. And it won’t just go out, leaving you freezing in the night!
Gas fireplaces can come in two types: vented and unvented units.
- Direct vented units are the safest type. They draw in outside air to keep the flame burining and exhaust all combustion gas and water vapor by burning the gas.
- Unvented or ventless units have a higher efficiency rating because no heat escapes up the chimney or flue. But the exhaust fumes and moisture released from the burning gas stay in your home, which can be a cause for concern. However, most unvented gas fireplaces are considered safe because they include an oxygen depletion sensor that turns the gas supply off before the carbon monoxide reaches dangerous levels in the home.
What are the benefits of an inwall gas fire?
- Inwall fireplaces can be used in masonry or prefabricated fireplaces and they can be vented through the existing chimney.
- Inwall fireplaces require little maintenance beyond an annual checkup.
- Their best application is for zone heating—turning up the gas in the room you’re in and lowering the thermostat in the rest of your house.
- For gas fireplaces, they burn with a 65% to 99% efficiency rating, which means very little pollution or smoke.
- There’s no ash or creosote produced with a gas-burning fireplace.
Are there any downsides?
Like with anything, there are compromises. With gas fireplaces, while few, there are some downsides when compared to a traditional wood fuelled fire, such as:
- Propane is an expensive heating fuel. You won’t save money heating your whole house with a gas fireplace. You’ll likely spend more on gas or propane than you would on wood or pellets to produce the same amount of heat.
- You won’t enjoy the snap, pop, and aroma of a real fire.